Detroit's Home for Small Business Resources

Detroit is tough and resilient, and we’re making small business a priority.

Did you attend the DMB Summit?

Hundreds of business owners joined us at this year's DMB Summit. Check out photos and resources from the event.


Small Business Opportunities

Find business competitions, accelerators & incubators, capacity building programs, learning opportunities and more.


Outdoor Dining Permit Application

Application for the City of Detroit Open Detroit outdoor dining program is now available.

Expert Guidance

Running a business can be overwhelming at times. Working with a business expert can help increase your chances of success. Learn more about the types of guidance available in Detroit's small business support ecosystem.


Financial Resources

One of the biggest challenges for small business owners is finding the funds necessary to launch – and eventually grow – their businesses. Find the various types of funding available and a growing list of resources to consider.

Navigating City Processes

Detroit Means Business is in the business of helping business owners navigate City resources. View City of Detroit-specific resources and guides.



Explore opportunities to grow your small business through accelerators, technical assistance, competitions, and other programs that provide access to mentorship, strategy, investment, and training.

Real Estate

Choosing a business location and space is a crucial step in starting a business. Find guides for searching for space to lease or purchase and resources for building and renovating.


Latest News

PPP Forgiveness

PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal

Existing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. Business owners should visit the newly launched SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal to register and apply.

About Detroit Means Business

Detroit Means Business is a coalition of private, public, and philanthropic partners dedicated to meet the needs of Detroit’s small businesses.

Upcoming Events

  • TechTown Detroit: From Pop-up to Permanent
    May 19, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
  • Small Business Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, May 25
    Virtual Event
    May 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Virtual Event
    The LEE Group (TLG) is pleased to announce it will be holding its Eighth Annual Small Business Workshop. It’s FREE and is being presented by Fifth Third Bank during Small Business Month.
  • Business Start-Up and Grant Writing Coaching Workshop
    May 25, 6:30 PM
    Bethany Lutheran Church, 11475 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48224, USA
  • Small Business Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jun 01
    Virtual Event
    Jun 01, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Virtual Event
    The LEE Group (TLG) is pleased to announce it will be holding its Eighth Annual Small Business Workshop. It’s FREE and is being presented by Fifth Third Bank during Small Business Month.
  • BuyDetroit: How to Build Wealth as a Small Business Owner
    Jun 01, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
    Virtual Event
  • Startup Detroit Happy Hour - June 2022
    Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    The Brakeman, 22 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  • TechTown Detroit: Email Marketing Series
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 07
    Virtual Event
    Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Email marketing is one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with your existing and potential customers. It is also a powerful marketing tool to build and grow your business.
  • Taking Your Business Online w/ BuyDetroit
    Jun 08, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Virtual Event
  • COLOURS Pride Awards Gala
    Thu, Jun 09
    Motor City Casino Grand Ballroom
    Jun 09, 6:00 PM
    Motor City Casino Grand Ballroom, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
  • Juneteenth Freedom Weekend
    Fri, Jun 17
    Multiple Locations
    Jun 17, 6:00 PM – Jun 19, 6:00 PM
    Multiple Locations
    Celebrate Juneteenth with The City of Detroit, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, Detroit Branch NAACP, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Juneteenth Jubilee, Detroit Means Business and Eastern Market Development Corporation!

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